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Who's Last

 

    This is by no means a great record, but despite the doubt, guilt, worry and self-laceration in almost every song, it's a strangely confident one. Again and again, the persona is that of the cripple, the victim of disaster, but Who Are You is not the work of cripples, no matter how many breakdowns and bottles the Who have left on their fourteen-year-old trail.

Certainly, the album kicks in slowly. The tunes lack a natural, kinetic groove (John Entwistle's "905" and Pete Townshend's "Who Are You" are exceptions). The drive we expect from... Read More

the Who is replaced by chunky, sometimes clunky orchestration: strings, horns, synthesizer music. This gives one the feeling that the Who aren't moving, that they aren't gearing up for a great rock & roll shoot-out with the competition, heading off for better times, claiming the future–rather, they're face to face with limbo, and trying to think their way out of it. They make the limbo real, but their resistance to it is just as convincing.

At least four songs–all Pete Townshend's–begin with the premise that the band's (and its audience's) future can't be taken for granted: with doors slamming all around, Townshend feels his weakness, his obsolescence. "New Song," the first cut, rams home the guilt of having taken a free ride: "I write the same old song, with a few new lines/And everybody wants to cheer me." "Music Must Change" might be announcing the need for a New Wave, but it's quite consciously two years out of date, and, what's more, the music itself sounds old and stiff–there's not a single musical concession to punk, reggae or even hard-nosed rock. In "Guitar and Pen," Townshend clings to his vocation as the man who has something to say, something worth the time others will take to listen, but very intentionally, he protests too much, and subverts his own affirmation.

And then there is "Who Are You," a far stronger single than "Squeeze Box," the hit from 1975's The Who by Numbers, and a song that, stretched out over more than six minutes on the LP version, is far more moving than "Won't Get Fooled Again," the band's certified Seventies masterpiece. The dynamics are much more subtle this time–and all the smugness is gone.

"Who Are You" was spun out of the night that Townshend, already drunk after hours of financial haggling, half-recognized two members of the Sex Pistols in a bar: that is, he thought either Steve Jones or Paul Cook was Johnny Rotten. Corrected, he felt even more confused: Why can't I see straight? Cook and Jones, supposedly arrogant young punks working out their rock & roll Oedipal complex, were thrilled to meet Townshend and horrified at what he had to tell them: the Who were finished, used up, wasted. The incident left Townshend passed out in a Soho street, which is where the song begins. Townshend (in the voice of Roger Daltrey) wakes up with one enormous question: Who are you? It's addressed to Cook and J



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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Who   Who's Greatest Hits
Usa, Mca, 1975
  Cassette   MINT Cassettequee
United States
  $1.99     Details
  Who   Who's Last
  Cassette   G Music In The
United States
  $3.21     Details
  Who   The Who Live At Leeds
Uk, Track, 3191 001, 1970
  Cassette   EX/M- Vinyl in the
United Kingdom
  $3.13     Details
  Who   Who's Next
Uk, Track, 3191 005, 1971
  Cassette   EX/M- Vinyl in the
United Kingdom
  $3.13     Details
  Who   Who''s Next
Usa, Mca, Mcac-1691, 1/1/1980
  Cassette   VG+ VG+ Never Ending
Canada
  $3.31     Details
  Who   Who's Greatest Hits Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $3.99 - $4.99      Details
  Who   Who's Greatest Hits
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Mca Records, Mcac-1496
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $3.99     Details
  Who   Who's Greatest Hits
Inlay Vg+ Canada, Mca Records, Mcac-37261
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Who   Who By Numbers
Numbered Inlay Uk, Polydor, 3194 283, 1975
  Cassette   EX/EX Vinyl in the
United Kingdom
  $3.91     Details
  Who   Who's Missing
Cassette Excellent Condition-resealed In Shrinkwrap Ships In Bubble Mailer Fast 1st Class Usa-air...
  Cassette   EX STARBOUND RE
United States
  $4.79     Details
  Who   Who By Numbers
Uk, Polydor, 831552-4
  Cassette   EX EX Steve Fisher
United Kingdom
  $4.69     Details
  Who   Who's Better,who's Best
Uk, Polydor, Wtvc1
  Cassette   EX EX Steve Fisher
United Kingdom
  $4.69     Details
  Who   The Who By Numbers
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Mca Records, Mcac-37002
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Who   Who Are You
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Mca Records, Mcac-1580
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Who   Who's Better Who's Best
Sealed Usa, Mca Records, Crc Mcac2-8031
  Cassette   NEW HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $4.99     Details
  WHO   Who's Better, Who's Best
- Canada, Mca, Mcac2-8031
  Cassette   VG++/VG++ Top Rank Rec
Canada
  $5.00     Details
  Who   Who’s Greatest Hits
Mcac-1496
  Cassette   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $5.49     Details
  Who   The Who's Tommy Original Cast Recording
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Rca Victor, 09026-61874-4
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $5.99     Details
  Who   Who Are You Cassette   VG/EX Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $5.70 - $9.06      Details
  Who   Who Are You
New Song/had Enough/905/sister Disco/music Must Change/trick Of The Light/guitar And Pen/love Is ...
  Cassette   VG/EX Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $5.70     Details
  Who   Who Are You
New Song/had Enough/905/sister Disco/music Must Change/trick Of The Light/guitar And Pen/love Is ...
  Cassette   EX/EX Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $9.06     Details
  Who   Who Are You
New Song/had Enough/905/sister Disco/music Must Change/trick Of The Light/guitar And Pen/love Is ...
  Cassette   EX/EX Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $9.06     Details
  Who   Who's Greatest Hits
Mca 1496 / 1983
  Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $6.59     Details
  Who   Who's Next Cassette   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $6.59      Details
  Who   Who's Next
; Mca 1691, 0767321691
  Cassette   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $6.59     Details
  Who   Who's Next
Mcac-1691
  Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $6.59     Details
  Who   Who Are You
Cassette Album
  Cassette   EX/EX F.B. Records
United Kingdom
  $6.56     Details
  Who   Who's Better Who's Best
Uk Polydor Wtvc1 Complete With Colour Inlay
  Cassette   M/M CDandVinyl
United Kingdom
  $6.75     Details
  Who   Who Are You
New Song (4:18) / Had Enough (4:27) / 905 Nine-hundred-and-five (3:58) / Sister Disco (4:20) / Mu...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $6.88     Details
  Who   Who Are You (paper Labels)
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Mca, Mcac-3050
  Cassette   VG HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $7.99     Details
  Who   Who's Missing
Shout And Shimmy (3:16) / Leaving Here (2:49) / Anytime You Want Me (2:35) / Lubie (come Back Hom...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $8.03     Details
  Who   Who's Better, Who's Best (+ Cd-only Bonus Track)
My Generation / Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere / The Kids Are Alright / Sustitute / I'm A Boy / Happy J...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $9.18     Details
  Who   Who Are You
Mcac-1580
  Cassette   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $9.89     Details
  Who   Who's Better, Who's Best
Mca 8031 / 1988, 7673280314
  Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $9.89     Details
  WHO   Who's Next
Used Cassette
  Cassette   NEW Horizons
United States
  $10.00     Details
  Who   The Who By Numbers
Slip Kid/they Are All In Love/squeeze Box/dreaming From The Waist/imagine A Man/success Story/how...
  Cassette   EX/EX Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $9.06     Details
  who   Who Rocks Harder?
Dmc-1007 who Rocks Harder? Label: Dmc-1007 Condition: M- Style: R Special Order
  Cassette   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $10.88     Details
  Who   Who's Last
My Generation (3:23) / I Can't Explain (2:27) / Substitute (2:46) / Behind Blue Eyes (3:30) / Bab...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $11.48     Details
  Who   Who's Missing
New - Record Shop Stock sleeve Mint (m) Us, Mca Records, Mcac25982, 1985
  Cassette   MINT (M) CDKing24
Spain
  $12.69     Details
  Who   Who's Next
Usa, Mca, Mcac 1691
  Cassette   STILL SEALED Alfred Carte
United States
  $12.99     Details
Who - Who's Best   Who   Who's Best
My Generation/the Seeker/pinball Wizard/i'm A Boy/summertime Blues/shaking All Over/magic Bus/hap...
  Cassette   VG+/VG+ Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $11.40     Details
  Who   Who Are You
Original New Zealand Cassette Nz, Polydor, 3194 467
  Cassette   EX/EX Moonhop
New Zealand
  $19.95     Details
  Who   The Who's Greatest Hits
Nz
  Cassette   VG/VG Musicassette
Australia
  $17.94     Details
  Who   Who Are You
Au
  Cassette   VG/VG Musicassette
Australia
  $17.94     Details
  Who   Who's Better Who's Best
Au
  Cassette   VG/VG Musicassette
Australia
  $17.94     Details
  Who   Who's Next
Au
  Cassette   VG/VG Musicassette
Australia
  $17.94     Details
  who   Who's Next
Mca 37217xuse cassette Rare! Cond: Mint- Title: Who's Next 076741721740 Rock Special Order
  Cassette   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $24.34     Details
  Whodini   Whodini
'83 Tape Cassette (new) Arista Records
  Cassette   M SquareDealOn
United States
  $9.18     Details
  Whoopi Goldberg   Whoopi Goldberg
Promo The Cassette Comes In A Brand New Cassette Box, Guaranteed To Be Free Of Scratches And Crac...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $8.03     Details
  WHORIDAS   Whoridin'
Explicit Lyrics Cassette 16 Songs: 1. Never Heard 2. Pounds, Ki's And Oz's 3. Taxin' 4...
  Cassette   NEW Horizons
United States
  $10.00     Details
  whoridas   Whoridin'
Deli 71800x15 cassette Rare! Cond: Mint- Title: Whoridin' 610447180045 Rap Special Order
  Cassette   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $24.34     Details

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